Friday, July 06, 2012

Sandy Series

Two brothers, a 4 wheel drive vehicle and a sandy, dry lake bottom.  Recipe for fun.

We were out hunting ghost towns in the Nevada desert back in 2008.   On the way to a ghost town just outside of Tonopah we discovered a large dry lakebed.   Smooth, sandy and at least half a mile across. Correction: I just found the lakebed on Google Maps, it is 1.2 miles wide and 2.6 miles long.  I knew it seemed bigger than what I said before.

We pushed my little Subaru pretty hard, but would have pushed further if we could tell where the sand ended and the sage brush started before we were right on it.  That’s the problem with flat land and low shrubbery, tall trees we could see coming up on us.

Regardless, it was a lot of fun.  We still plan on going back sometime, better prepared with a better way to know where the end of the sand is.

7 comments:

lailani said...

Now that looks like fun! Great shots!

Karen S. said...

thanks for taking me along on your sandy drive. I love hanging out in old ghost towns too...I never get that much of a chance around here though!

Lisa Shafer said...

:) Fun.

Alexia said...

These are great! I love the way the car gradually disappears into a cloud of dust/sand, then comes back out :) Really fun!

Any ghost town pics?

Max Sartin said...

Alexia - Of course. Here are the two photo sets from my week of ghost town hunting back in 2008.

Southern Utah Pictures

Nevada and California

For anyone who wants to read the stories that go along with the pictures:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4: Stayed home and rested.

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

The overall view.

Enjoy.

Alexia said...

Wow. Thanks Max - just spent an enjoyable half-hour reading and looking at all the cool shots. Some amazing countryside especially in the Utah ones! Great ghost towns, too.

Max Sartin said...

Alexia - glad you had fun traipsing around Utah. That's the stuff that keeps me here, despite the lack of an ocean.